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  • Next level tips and tricks for the intermediate longboarder. Topics include:
    • Noseride
    • Roller Coaster
    • Section Connection
    • Switchstance
    • Style & Flow
    • Board Design II
    Both intermediate longboard courses. Includes all topics from Longboarding 201 & 202.

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2 thoughts on “Section Connection

  1. Carla

    ***Received this question via email and thought it a great topic to share***

    Not sure if it is because I am not cross stepping or finding other ways to generate speed but I find myself seeing open faces ahead of me but then getting clobbered by whitewash. I will try to beat it but not always successful.

    Alternatively, sometimes I think I turn too fast because my board gets stuck in the face in a way where I get pushed over.

    What am I doing wrong?

    • thesurfinstitute Post author

      Not sure if it is because I am not cross stepping or finding other ways to generate speed but I find myself seeing open faces ahead of me but then getting clobbered by whitewash. I will try to beat it but not always successful.

      So, a couple things may be happening…

      • You may be getting up too late, which makes the bottom turn happen too late and at the bottom of the wave. You want that turn to start right as you’re dropping into the wave so it can use the energy to move you in front of the section
      • You may be setting up too deep in the section. Perhaps give yourself less wall in front of you to have to conquer. Analyze the ride ahead almost more than the curl coming behind you. Seeing what’s ahead really helps you plan ahead.
      • If you’re already riding down the line and you want to gain speed make sure you’re pointing parallel enough to the wave. If you’re angled ever-so-slightly away from the wave that can allow the wave to run past you. You can also try leaning some weight forward…

      Alternatively, sometimes I think I turn too fast because my board gets stuck in the face in a way where I get pushed over.

      I’d be willing to bet that you’re turning too much from the middle of the board, which digs the rail and stuffs you off.

      • Be conscious of where your stance is when you pop up. Swinging your legs and feet too far forward underneath you can help get into slower, mushier waves, but requires you to either lean gently or move back to go into the turn.
      • Remember to keep your weight lighter in the front foot when redirecting the board. Let it be the “needle” that steers.

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